This epa (wall panel) is probably from the front or back of the wall of a pātaka (storehouse) from Taranaki. This carving reflects elements of the 'serpentine' (tuare) style of carving in which figures have cone-like heads and long, sinouous bodies. In particular, this carving demonstrates the unique shape of the forehead which is said to be peaked in homage to Mt Taranaki.
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Carving by Te Tuiti-Moeroa
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